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Night of the Ghouls (1959)

Unrated | | Horror | 1984 (USA)
Phony spiritualist raises the dead.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Duke Moore ...
Lt. Daniel Bradford (as 'Duke' Moore)
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Valda Hansen ...
The White Ghost
Johnny Carpenter ...
Captain Robbins (as John Carpenter)
Paul Marco ...
Don Nagel ...
Crandel
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Darmoor
Jeannie Stevens ...
The Black Ghost
Harvey B. Dunn ...
Henry
Margaret Mason ...
Martha
Clay Stone ...
Young Man
Marcelle Hemphill ...
Mrs. Wingate Yates Foster
Tom Mason ...
Foster Ghost
James La Maida ...
Hall
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Storyline

Follow-up to Ed Wood's "Plan 9 from Outer Space" about the walking dead, It opens in a cemetery. Criswell, the "real" medium, rises from his coffin to tell us of "monsters to be despised." Dr. Acula (Kenne Duncan) is a phony medium aided by Valda Hansen, a bogus ghost, and big Tor Johnson, wearing rags and horrible scar makeup as Lobo. The doctor swindles people by pretending to contact dead relatives, but then accidentally succeeds in reviving a bunch of corpses that bury him alive! Sat unreleased for 23 years because Wood couldn't pay the lab bill! Followed by "Sinister Urge" in 1961 (Wood's last film). Written by alfiehitchie

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Also Known As:

Dr. Acula  »

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SPOOLER: There are notable similarities between this film and one of its contemporaries, The Unearthly (1957) by Boris Petroff. In both films the characters gather at an isolated location far from the city; a charismatic deceiver exploits others for his own purposes, promising them extraordinary services; undercover lawmen manage to expose the conspiracies; and the villains meet their fates at the hands of someone they previously exploited. Tor Johnson also plays a character called "Lobo" in both films, and both characters are working for the main villains. Both films were shot in 1957, though it is unclear if one was intentionally modeled after the other. See more »

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In the scene that features the two teenagers in the car, the film suddenly speeds up tremendously. The whole scene was shot in 1910s silent film style. See more »

Quotes

Leader of the Dead: Good evening, Dr. Acula. We have been expecting you.
Karl: Who are you?
Leader of the Dead: You ask who we are, yet it was you who called for our return.
Karl: This is impossible! I hired actors to play the dead. You're not my actors!
Leader of the Dead: Your powers were even stronger than you yourself realized. You have brought us back from the grave. Once every 13 years, when called by a strong medium such as you, we are given a brief 12 hours of freedom from our deep pit of darkness. Those few hours are almost gone. We must return to the ...
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Referenced in On the Trail of Ed Wood (1990) See more »

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A Fun Ed Wood Film.

If you like Ed Wood's crazy body of work, you'll like this film. It's not as good as "Plan 9," and it rivals "Glen or Glenda?," but it's better than the rest of Wood's films. It's clearly shot with such a low budget that it's almost like watching a live, closed-circuit video feed from the inside of a spookhouse, circa 1959. The plot is inexplicable, and Wood's ensemble of actors is in top (or should I say bottom?) form, especially Paul Marco as Kelton. For sheer ultra-low budget fun, the film is right up there with "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies," "Robot Monster" and "The Brain from Planet Arous." See it, if you get a chance.


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